Board of Directors & Members
Tony Daiuto – Vice-President
Been in the aviation industry for the past 36 years. He is a FAA certified aircraft mechanic (A&P) with an Inspection Authorization (IA) and also a pilot. Among other things he is a Certified Line Service Technician, FAA appointed Accident Prevention Counselor, EAA Technical Counselor and member. Tony also holds an FCC Restricted Radiotelephone Operator permit. He also is a county certified volunteer firefighter/engineer. He started his own aircraft maintenance facility at the Marathon airport in 1998. In his spare time he enjoys working on his many projects, including his WWII vehicles, also enjoys researching WWII and Florida history. Tony is a Marathon High graduate and U.S. Army veteran having served with the 32nd AADC (Army Air Defense Command) A Btry 1st Bn (Battalion), 1st ADA(Air Defense Artillery). Tony is a member of the American Legion and a life member of the DAV Chapter 122, along with a Military Vehicle Preservation Association member and life member of the NRA. Tony also is a member of the American Cold War Veterans Organization and of (SGAUS) State Guard Association of the United States along with Veterans Council of Monroe County.
Florida Governor’s Veterans Service Award
SGAUS Membership Ribbon
American Legion Membership Ribbon
Myke McCoy - President
Key West resident and a Former Trident Submarine pipe fitter operating with Federal Security Clearance. Nuclear Regulatory Agency Pipe fitter –retrofitting Nuclear Plants (8) throughout the US. Owner of “Piping Consultants” Key West Fl. Been a pipe-fitter and tradesmen 40 plus yrs. Aero Tech Education at Southern States Technical Institute & Union Pipe fitting Trade Schooled /Local 454. Since 1998 has been refining and operating multiple vehicles on WVO (blended waste-vegetable-oil) via private R&D and building his own refinery. Currently researching hydrogen extraction for fuel source. Experienced with vehicular solar applications and its incorporation into daily electrical-mechanical systems. Myke enjoys military history/memorabilia, alternative fuels, especially when related to vehicles. Enjoys using his knowledge to make a greener life in the Fl. Keys. Myke is HAZWOPER certified. Myke has been an aux member of Southernmost VFW Post 3911 in Key West, Fl. for the past three years. He is also a member of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association (MVPA).
Steven Cavanah - Secretary
Steve earned his Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering with a Mathematics minor from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL. In 2012 he became an Engineer Intern licensed by the State of Florida and now works at a local architecture and engineering firm. His work there specializes in sustainable designs and advanced construction systems. In his spare time, Steven tutors high school students in math and physics and is an Amateur Radio Extra Class Operator. As a second generation Conch, he has close ties to the local community. A Military Vehicle Preservation Association (MVPA) member.
Steven Cook – Military Liaison
Steven W Cook, moved to Marathon in 2003, he and his wife retired from touring theater and theatrical sound and lighting businesses in Missouri. He also was involved in Hunting & Conservation business In Southern Illinois. Steve joined the USCG Auxiliary in 2010, The “Aux” assists the USCG in many ways; training, SAR, Safety Patrols, Recreational Boating Safety, and Force Multiplication. He is the Member Training Officer, is a Coxswain, Shallow Water Response Team member, is HAZWOPER certified, FEMA ICS 100, 200, 700, 800, 210 certified, is a Close Quarter Boat Handling instructor, Marine Safety Training Specialist, is actively seeking certifications in Communications/Watch-standing, Adv. Coastal Nav., and Search Coordination & Execution. Steve holds a Sport Pilot Certificate, working on Private Pilot Certificate. Steve is a member of FO7, and a supporter of S.H.A.R.K.
Mike Puto – Government Liaison
Mike Puto moved to Marathon in 1950 at age 2, and his family is credited for the development of Key Colony Beach and many portions of the Middle Keys. He graduated from Marathon High School and was a teacher and businessman before beginning his career in public service, including a term on the Monroe County Commission (1986-1990) where he served as Mayor for a year. He was Marathon’s City Manager from 2004-2008. He sits on numerous boards including Florida Keys Electric Co-Op, Pigeon Key, United Way, and the Marathon Alumni Athletic Club. His unwavering dedication to his community has earned him the moniker, “Mr. Marathon.”
Richard Roth – Historian
Grassy Key resident, After some college, join the Navy, stationed in LA, DC and Key West where assigned to VF 101 Boca Chica as an Aviation Machinist Mate. Rick met and married his wife Sandra while servicing in the Keys. Has two daughters and one granddaughter. In 1965 Rick joined the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, first as a dispatcher then road patrol deputy. 1970 promoted to detective sergeant. 1980 promoted to Lieutenant, assigned to Law Enforcement Management. 1985 transferred to Key West as a Major in charge of Law Enforcement. 1990 appointed by the governor as acting Sheriff. He subsequently ran for the office and was elected for that adjoining two year term. He was elected Sheriff four more terms, making him the longest serving Sheriff in Monroe County, for a total 18 years holding that title. Retired January of 2009. Spends time with family and restoring vehicles. Owns a fully restored 75’ Stingray and a vintage 1942 Ford GPW Jeep. Rick is a long standing member in the Military Vehicle Preservation Association (MVPA).
After utilizing his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in New Jersey, Bob became a member of senior management in a commercial bank. During those 38 years in banking he also obtained a real estate license and an Insurance Broker license. In 1997 Bob moved to Marathon and continued to work at a local bank. He also maintained an Insurance Broker license in Marathon before fully retiring. Bob currently holds a board seat on the Florida Keys Electric Co-op Charitable Trust and involves himself in various events. He is also an FAA licensed pilot with an instrument rating and an FCC licensed General Class Amateur Radio enthusiast. Bob is a U.S. Army veteran and was stationed in Germany. He enjoys collecting military memorabilia and also a member of the MVPA Military Vehicle Preservation Association.